At bedtime each night, I step outside to say goodnight to the moon and its Creator. God is always there, but the moon is sometimes otherwise engaged; on those nights I send it a text. My favorites are the nights in which God has arranged the moon in a moody, mysterious “there’s more going on than you know” display. (For starters, it’s more than “just a rock in orbit,” in the same sense that van Gogh’s Starry Night is more than “just pigment on canvas.”)
If you’re reading this at bedtime, consider these pictures (taken with my faithful phone) my goodnight message to you. And remember:
There’s more going on than we know.
Here are a few quotes to enliven your night:
“His throne is established for ever, his witness the moon in the sky.” ~Psalm 89:37
“Aim for the moon. If you miss, you may hit a star.” ~W. Clement Stone (Actually, Clement, the nearest star is 93 million miles farther than the moon, so that’s pretty unlikely. But, hey, nice sentiment.)
“Oh, swear not by the moon, the inconstant moon that monthly changes in her circled orb, lest that thy love prove likewise variable.” ~Shakespeare
“Those are the same stars, and that is the same moon, that look down upon your brothers and sisters, and which they see as they look up to them, though they are ever so far away from us, and each other.” ~Sojourner Truth